Mattel Reviews in El Segundo, CA

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
238 Reviews
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238 Reviews
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Pros
  • Also having half day Fridays all year around is nice (in 71 reviews)

  • There are many work/life balance initiatives to take advantage of (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance is nearly non-existent: emails and work on weekends, late nights (in 15 reviews)

  • Some long hours and weekend emails (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a good company to work for. Recent decline in sales has left everyone paranoid and depressed.

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    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Half day fridays. Smart colleagues. Great salary and bonus.

    Cons

    Very competitive. A lot like Survivor. Hard to know who to trust. You can easily languish for years without a promotion and just as easily be cut at the first downturn in sales. Not a very loyal company. I've seen really good people let go for no reason and a lot of bad people stay because of their alliances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to care about your employees as much as you care about yourself. Self-preservation should not be your number 1 goal.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Experience at Mattel

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    Current Employee - Associate Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are great. There is a lot of potential for growth. Many people are understanding and willing to hear you out. Very understanding about having a life outside of work and willing to work with you in order to keep work life balance great.

    Cons

    Could be difficult to move up if the timing isn't right. There are many factors that are involved in whether you get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You rarely see upper management, and they do not help the people that are under them with their growth. They also don't take the time to get to know the employees unless you are at their level, and they act as if they sit on a throne.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Challenging Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits: half-day Friday's year round, offices closed for many holidays including time between Christmas and New Year, toy discounts. The company is also committed to giving back to the community so there is always an opportunity to volunteer. Lastly, the people are very smart and hard working

    Cons

    Extremely political and hierarchical. Its a shark tank where promotions are given based on relationships and favoritism rather than hard work and results. People will often step on each other's toes to get ahead. Additionally, Mattel is very lean and expects its employees to do the job of many so long nights and weekends are the norm. Overall, the culture is toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that people are stretched too thin and shortening product development timelines are negatively affecting work life balance as well as the quality of products. Think about appreciating employees and truly developing talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent benefits and co-workers

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    Current Employee - Copywriter in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Copywriter in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, ample vacation time, creative environment, half day Fridays

    Cons

    A draconian IP policy that dictates anything we create during our off-hours that could be seen as having a toy application belongs to the company and they consider anything from a children's book to a killer robot as their intellectual property of Mattel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current executive leadership team inspires neither confidence or loyalty. Clean house and hire some leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, but hierarchical and dated thinking

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    Current Employee - 4faaf418@opayq.com in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - 4faaf418@opayq.com in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    In general, the people at Mattel are what make it a good place to work. It's a congenial atmosphere. In addition, the workload is pretty reasonable most of the time.

    Cons

    There is very little to make the company stand out...pay is ok, benefits are ok, perks are ok. The company is very efficient in the way it manages its manufacturing and product development processes, but in general, the thinking feels old-fashioned and slow to adapt to current marketplace forces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Eh

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, half day Fridays, Discount on Toys. Company closed during Christmas and New Year's holiday

    Cons

    Its who you know then what you know that gets you promoted or advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    You're making toys!

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    Former Employee - Designer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked with really nice and helpful people and I had a great manager. The work is fun and collaborative. Friday's a short and that is really great. It's even greater if you have kids! Halloween and Christmas is amazing there.

    Cons

    Very long meetings so you get little time to do your work and the approval process is intense. The food they serve in the cafe is not good, there needs to be a healthier option and good food for all that amazing talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure employees don't have to work long nights and a lot of overtime, it's a burn-out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, half-day fridays, extra floating holidays, development courses, talented and smart employees.

    Cons

    Work-life balance sometimes difficult to achieve, dated corporate environment, top heavy with too many chiefs in the village. Political path to promotions. No transparency.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people increasingly undermined by not great leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Mattel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Robust, iconic content, some amazing people and performers, can be a fun environment. Very good benefits.

    Cons

    Increasingly political, out of touch and vindictive leadership, high pressure, unrealistic expectations by people because they can, not because it is necessary. Depending on the group you're in, room for advancement can be limited (though good benefits help offset that).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the people who have committed years of energy, intelligence and dedication to your company and who are top performers. Right now you do not do so. Also stop being so incredibly short-sighted in terms of business cycles. You do not need an unrealistically high return every single quarter, you need to perform well over time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great, so far!

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Packaging in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Packaging in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Mattel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People and work life balance are great!

    Cons

    Creative culture could improve -

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what is happening below your level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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